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Sibley students reach goal for area food shelves; 7 teachers, staff jump in the lake

More than three dozen people braved cold temperatures Saturday to raise money and food for area food shelves while jumping in Fountain Lake during The Big Freeze.

Drawing large crowds were Sibley Elementary School Principal Diane Schultz and six other teachers and staff from the school.

The educators vowed to jump in the lake if their students reached a fundraising goal for the food shelves.

For the past week and a half, students could bring in their coins to their teachers. If they reached $200, five teachers would jump in the lake; if they reached $250, Schultz and building secretary Nikki Worman would also jump in.

Students collected about $675 — a record for the school, Worman said.

In addition to Schultz and Worman, others who jumped were Lexie Burnett, Clay Scott, Kristin Kyllo, Kelly Nellermoe and Drew Wanzek.

They dressed as superheroes, which was in line with the school’s theme of “Everyday Heroes.”

Worman said the teachers and students were excited to raise money for the food shelves.

In addition to having a lot of fun, the idea went along with one of the education standards in second grade.

Worman said Scott’s classroom counted all the coins collected through Thursday, before all the coins were turned in Friday at the bank.

The Blue Ice Plunge was one of several events happening Saturday at The Big Freeze. Other events scheduled included a chili cook, ice skating, disc golf, snowshoeing and horse drawn sleigh rides, to name a few.